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96 pages

Pub Date

Aug 3, 2016



Age 7+

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

Wild Poems

By Chrissie Gittins
Illustrated by Paul Bommer

Forty fantastic poems inspired by words left out of the latest Oxford Junior Dictionary - help save them from extinction!

'If you add an adder to an adder

they are prone to have a dance,

they writhe around each other

till the strongest gets a chance

to PUSH the other down.'

Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt.

From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION.

This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.



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"A wonderfully innovative collection bursting with energy, you can’t help but read with a smile. Chrissie Gittins is on a mission to save words from extinction, with forty exuberant and informative poems to celebrate amazing animals, birds and plants. The imagery is joyful; adders dance, beetroot paint your kitchen, and melons have an annual party, whilst Paul Bommer’s entertaining illustrations make the poems zing off the page. This is Gittins at her very best, playing with style and composition, and writing with zeal."

Love Reading 4 Kids

"Playful, energetic and always tongue-in cheek , this offers the perfect introduction to poetry …. Chrissie Gittins lets her words and ideas dance from the page – she even allows parsnips to twinkle!"


"I urge teachers and librarians to buy and read her books to their pupils. Also, her collection makes a superb gift to any child. Parents will enjoy these poems immensely....a vital read."

Kathryn Dymoke, Librarian, Hazelwood School, Surrey


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Paul Bommer


Paul Bommer is an illustrator, printmaker and graphic designer. His many international clients include the Guardian, Harrods and Virgin, and he exhibits his work across the UK.

Chrissie Gittins


Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in south London. She worked as an artist and teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She has been shortlisted twice for the CLPE Poetry Award, her poems have been animated for CBeebies and included in many anthologies. She visits schools, libraries and book festivals across the UK. Chrissie won the Belmont Poetry Prize for children’s poems in 2002, and her first three children’s poetry collections were all Poetry Book Society Choices. Her book Stars in Jars was a Scottish Poetry Library recommendation for 2014.


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